Skinny house in LA: affordable, minimal, modern home/office




Simon Storey wanted to buy an affordable home so he bought the smallest and cheapest thing on the market. It was just 350 square feet and Storey wanted to fit both his home and office there so he requested special planning permission to double the height.

He has now squeezed 960 square feet on his 780 square foot lot (garage included) and has one of Los Angeles’ skinniest homes. Storey calls it the Eel’s Nest in reference to the super narrow lots in Japan (between 5 and 15 feet).

Storey kept the design a simple stack of boxes that reach the property line on three sides. Inside, he left it as open as possible, using small tricks to maximize space, like a sunken kitchen (that helps to define spaces) and floating stairs (that double as a light well).

Most of the furniture was hand-crafted by Storey, including wooden speakers. He has plans to outfit his dining table with wheels so he can make space for dinner parties by wheeling it out to his small backyard deck.

Cameraman Johnny Sanphillippo also films for the site Strong Towns:

More from Simon, including roof photos:

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48 Comments

  1. P La
    March 30, 2016
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    luv it very creative and unique ; )

  2. valery crickets
    April 10, 2016
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    Me, my husband and our cat live, in the north of Italy, in a 270 square feet apartment, without balcony and for sleep we have sofa bed (and when we will have kids we will have to move to a
    bigger apartment) so this "tiny" apartment with TREES ON THE TERRACE show in the video is GIGANTIC. O_O

  3. agentm83
    May 4, 2016
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    Laneway houses are a thing here in Vancouver. We need more like that. I like this house aside from the black paint job.

  4. Andrea Prossy
    May 12, 2016
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    Love it! Really great small space. What do you recommend for the small office furniture? Knoll table, Lumiy LED desk lamp!

  5. Barnesi94
    May 12, 2016
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    i mean its a pretty big house to be fair. not that skinny- much wider than most terrace houses

  6. fuckallhell
    May 25, 2016
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    I bet his neighbors were thrilled he blocked their views

  7. samcad2013
    May 27, 2016
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    He's sexy.

  8. Downhomesunset
    June 13, 2016
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    Sooo much wasted space under the stairs. Plus he looks like he hasn't washed his hair in a while

  9. Саке Смелый
    June 27, 2016
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    Awesome!!

  10. Sophie McIntyre
    July 15, 2016
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    Hes from NZ!

  11. Samantha Esra
    July 21, 2016
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    how do his neighbours feel about this grey block in front of their houses???

  12. carson robinson
    August 17, 2016
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    I wish it was painted whit so id look like a nintendo wii

  13. ravvraj
    August 26, 2016
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    I find it sad that he keeps talking about enough for one person? Is he not planning to get married or something? Will he move out?

  14. Jayaprakash Jayabal
    August 28, 2016
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    The vaastu would be poor if the entrance faced the street

  15. Geo Reyes
    September 1, 2016
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    How much was the house sold for? I'm highly interested love his architecture. Thinking about purchasing a home soon!

  16. SuperMaccoi PH
    September 26, 2016
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    I really like the design of this house… the big windows, the small pocket…etc. so minimalist.

  17. Hauler24
    October 12, 2016
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    LA really needs to start thinking of making small apartments to help with the cost of renting out here. It's getting so high for crap.

  18. Protecto Shell
    October 23, 2016
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    This is possibly the most relaxed homeowner I've heard in some time.

  19. b017ni3
    January 6, 2017
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    it doesn't look THAT skinny…the garage door and standard looking front door keep it looking pretty normal from the outside…

  20. RP Vitiello
    January 29, 2017
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    This looks like a typical size house on the east coast in ny, nj, pa etc… The only unusual thing about it, is it doesn't have hundreds of similar houses around it.

  21. marcus finiosse
    February 3, 2017
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    oh,wow…i have always wanted to see more of this house. I'm such a fan of it. been saving pictures of it from the internet and apps. i just adore it even more now than ever . great work Simon.

  22. omfgdelaney
    February 5, 2017
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    This house is amazing!

  23. Aquarius 112/
    February 7, 2017
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    I love it! I'm crazy about the view. Lots of these types of homes in the five boroughs of New York

  24. wercone
    February 9, 2017
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    I love this house. From the outside to the inside. Amazing view right down the street. But the whole time I was waiting to see the roof!

  25. stikowsky
    February 14, 2017
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    unique for LA

  26. kevinigloo
    February 15, 2017
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    Awesome! I would love to see it or drive by when in LA. Is it in Echo Park?

  27. Jay Iglesias
    February 21, 2017
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    the house is 15 feet wide? Mate have you been to England at all? Also why do these people always sound so far up their own ass.

  28. Underground LA
    March 3, 2017
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    that view down the street-nice

  29. Maurice Powers
    March 5, 2017
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    how does he get to the roof

  30. Bittor Egireun
    March 17, 2017
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    !!ederra!!

  31. Øliver
    March 24, 2017
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    Whoever built this house did a terrible job. Idk if it's my high standards but the whole house just felt unfinished and rushed, especially with those close up shots that really highlighted the cracks and blemishes.

  32. Diana.Nikolova
    March 26, 2017
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    I love it. Two bedrooms, garage, living room and kitchen plus garden in such a tiny space. I am amazed.

  33. JLD Mendez
    April 6, 2017
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    he gentrified the shit of out of that building

  34. Nicole Koala
    April 11, 2017
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    'Tiny space'.
    Laughs in third world.

    Kidding aside, that's a really nice house.

  35. themainmanontheblock
    June 30, 2017
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    Hello may I know your lay out? Meaning 20 X 40 ? or 15 X 55? thx

  36. Jasen
    August 2, 2017
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    So any bugs roaches in your remodeled slum neighbor hood?

  37. McDonald Ronald Trump
    August 22, 2017
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    Love house building up, I would probably add a modern Japanese steps, it'll add more room

  38. D Ishappywithlife
    September 18, 2017
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    The interior design felt depressing and lacked flow….all though he Designs a lot of his furniture and such, he still needs a interior designer….badly!!

  39. L wood
    September 18, 2017
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    I love your idea I have a small 2 bed room that looks like crap. thanks for the idea

  40. Jahha H
    September 19, 2017
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    Nice design style n house

  41. Cee Enn
    September 30, 2017
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    Feel sort for the neighbours looking at this black wall

  42. Ben Liu
    October 1, 2017
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    One ugly house both inside and outside.

  43. Leslie Cumming
    October 7, 2017
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    I love this… would have been neat to have some form of roof top garden.

  44. Debra Huddleston
    October 14, 2017
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    No mention of the garage?

  45. Holly Day
    October 16, 2017
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    I like that house; this architect has good taste. Unlike most of his colleagues he provided the house with a soul and style. Nothing hidden behind awful white cupboards, this is a house that feels like a home!

  46. ignacio sandoval
    October 27, 2017
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    Everyone here talks about the neighbors' views being blocked but no one has commented on the fact that it goes further than just the surrounding views. People like this guy snatch up cheap houses, fix them, drive property values up, while at the same time giving landlords reason to jack up the rent for other tenants. This is why Echo Park in Los Angeles has been gentrified to the bone when in the past Latinos were the predominant minority in such area. All of a sudden, this city is hot, while many long-time residents become displaced. New-comers with better life opportunities, hipsters, and trust fund babies reap the fruits of the former inhabitants who left a rich culture and who now others enjoy. Pretty unfair, really.

  47. 1javixD
    October 27, 2017
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    its funny cuz I went to google maps and I put it in street view and you can actually see him standing on the window!

  48. Dave Kos
    November 25, 2017
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    I see wasteful use of space here and there

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